Release Your Mind & Body In Queens At Spec-Chuan Movement & Arts Center

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A few weeks ago, after attending an early morning Saturday dance class at Spec-Chuan Movement & Arts Center (SCMA), I started crushing on Queens in a big way. I took my first ever Bollywood class (part of their World Series classes), taught by Sankalp Sharma. Much to my surprise, not only did my body break a sweat but it also made me regress back. Back to my days back in daycare, I found myself running around, in every direction, to warm up. But you’ve been warned. Being in a room full of strangers, so early, running around like a small kid is sure to cause giggling.

How The Release First Started Thanks To Bollywood

Once Sharma began describing the first part of the choreography, I came to appreciate Bollywood dancing that much more. Like interpretive dance, your dance moves become a type of sign language to describe song lyrics. We danced to a love song. In it, the singer describes trying to seduce their love interest. Our dance moves then re-enact their every move to ensure he or she take notice.

We first started waving our hands while walking forward to highlight our swagger. Then we motioned to dipping biscuits in tea, which demonstrated our love. A few moves later, we cooled down with deep breathing and quick stretches.

But what made SCMA so special to drag me out of my bed in West Harlem to make it all the way to Queens on a Saturday morning? Quite simply, its founder, Xiao Chuan Xie (a.k.a. Chuan, pronounced ‘Truan’), seen below, + her journey that led to opening such an incredible place.

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How Xiao “Chuan” Xie Started Her Love Affair With Dance

Chuan started her dancing career in the Nanjing Jingling Arts Organization in China + trained as a ballerina before her 2009 descent into New York to join the Martha Graham Dance Company (a modern dance institution), which led to rave reviews from the New York Times. In 2015, Chuan then made her way to Broadway starring in the Tony award-winning production of ‘The King & I’, part of Lincoln Center’s Theater 2015 revival, with critical acclaim. Yet, this newfound success came at a price, which I further explored when interviewing Chuan.

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From Chuan’s bio, I learned how Chuan’s mind + body disconnect led to her birth of SCMA. According to her, the grueling non-stop eight-hour days of dancing/rehearsal as a professional dancer (with Martha Graham Dance Company) kept chipping away at her body in ways a lot deeper than what lied on the surface. Once on Broadway, while doing intense repetitive movements on autopilot, regardless of her flexibility, led to a hip injury in 2015. During her recovery period, she discovered many ways to connect her body with her mind.

Finding The Connection Between Dance And Therapy

Chuan’s various therapeutic methods included Physical Therapy + Acupuncture, which made her aware of herself where she told me she was experiencing how the body can restore so many of our childhood traumas and memories without the conscious mind knowing it. She added, “ I found out that I would unconsciously lock my arms close to myself as a result of locking my rib cage as well as if I was over-protecting myself.

I discovered that my tailbone was always tucked under first because of my ballet training, second I believe it’s because the female protection (I am still studying this fact, which is fascinatingly happening to a lot of females); I also explored that I could connect with my organs, fluids, and nerves when moving so I would be more fully supported.” (See diagram below) So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that other classes taught at SCMA include Pilates, Yoga, Mindfulness Practice, Joy Flow + Evening Stretch.

I am able to see people’s movement pattern clearly + provide a suitable exercise or class for different people

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Of course, being a Certified Movement Analyst from Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Chuan deepened her understanding. Understanding how the human body and movement relates to our health and mental state brings us back to the importance of the mind and body connection. As the diagram above shows, when moving your finger, your toe or hand can affect your brain. This, in turn, is why I should’ve taken my dance class barefoot. Barefoot, I would’ve felt the energy reverberating throughout the bamboo floors up into me.

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How Laban Movement Analysis Played A Role In Chuan’s Style

According to Chuan, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a tool to observe and experience human movement in a detailed + multilateral way. Dance/Movement Therapy’s main observation method is based on LMA. Chuan explained, “I am able to see people’s movement pattern clearly and provide a suitable exercise or class for different people,“ + what better place to celebrate different people than in Queens for SCMA’s location over a spot in Brooklyn, the hub of NYC cool or even Manhattan.

It’s All In A Name

Even in deciding on the name, Spec-Chuan Movement & Arts Center, the inclusion of differences was one of the main components. Originally set to launch in 2016, at the time, Chuan told me how she asked friends to brainstorm ideas for the name. She mentioned to a friend how much she loved the rainbow because of how it always makes people smile + it contains so many colors and that friend suggested the word ‘Spectrum’.

Chuan said it sounded like Spec-Chuan. “I didn’t know the meaning of the word at the moment. Then I checked the meaning + I fell in love with it! Especially the Latin word ‘specter’ means ‘vision, apparition’,” said Chuan, whereas Chuan means river in Chinese. Chuan added, “I have this vision of light shining on a body of water, the water reflects the different colors of light back to the sky, + the water is flowing and the colors are changing constantly. The name fits my belief of the inclusiveness in an ever-changing world.”

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The Importance Of Places Like SCMA

Now what I found to be so fascinating is Chuan’s timing for such a place. Considering the political climate that we’re living in now, SCMA is a safe place where different cultures are celebrated. With various dance classes offered, what better way to check your stress at the door than through dance? The dance classes include Bollywood, African/Caribbean, and Chinese Folk Dance. Everyone is regarded as the same is the great equalizer.

I even noticed for myself, through a quick neighborhood tour led by Chuan surrounding SCMA, the great diversity of cultures. You couldn’t ignore the heavy enclave of Chinese, Indian/Pakistani, Hispanic, and Caribbean people that live there. So for as much as these people might pass each other on the street on a daily basis, imagine them coming together to meet one another + shower each other with accolades through their different cultural dances? (Exploring dances from other cultures is in the works for the future.)

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But Chuan isn’t the only one that’s noticed the impact wellness has on people’s lives. Immigrants themselves have taken notice. I am able to see people’s movement pattern clearly + provide a suitable exercise or class for different people. Throughout various stops during our tour, we came across many fruit markets. Some featured organic, freshly made juices + smoothies. Which signified how health was a signifier to the changing hood. SCMA’s presence in this Queens hood has added more synergy to a place already harmonious with the change of the times. Meanwhile, you can still find parts that have remained untouched for almost thirty years.

When thinking about Queens, don’t just think about all you can eat. Let this be a reminder of how much more you can experience. Go and visit Spec-Chuan Movement & Arts Center for a dance class. Not only will you not regret it but you’ll leave relaxed, smiling + maybe make a few friends. Click here to schedule your first class.

Enjoy!

 

 

A View Inside Hunt Slonem’s Menagerie Of Painted Birds

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As a lover of birds from a very early age myself, there was no denying Birds by Hunt Slonem, © 2017, published by Glitterati Incorporated, would be a book I would instantly love. What makes Hunt’s work so striking is a lot to process. It’s not so much his brilliant use of color + repetition, but it’s also the tactile aspect of his paintings, with the many layers of paint + his handling of that medium used to create the amazing + globally acclaimed iterations of birds shown throughout this impressive 272-page tome.

This hardcover masterpiece is such that Hunt’s avian subjects seem to beg for a hint of flight with the flip of every page while spilling onto its silver gilded pages, it’s gray satin ribbon book marker + all over the inside covers.

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(”SWALLOWTAIL 1′, 2009 | ‘PARROTS’, 2013)

Exotic, lush landscapes of his childhood years in Hawaii influenced Hunt greatly. “Slonem has noted that he first was fascinated by parakeets when he was ten, and at sixteen bought some birds in a market in Nicaragua,” as writer, reporter, + cartoonist Anthony Haden Guest pointed out.

A Colorful Home To Suit His Colorful Feathered Friends

When I visited his New York studio once myself, a work of art on its own, you seem to feel like you’re transported into another reality. Various rooms completely painted in one singular color are briefly captured in the book. These colorful spaces were not only home to Hunt’s variety of exotic birds but to many of his painted works.

Inside, you could see parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatoos along other exotic birds. But you could also see different groupings of the artist’s paintings + sculptures (below).

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Slonem has noted that he first was fascinated by parakeets when he was ten, + at sixteen bought some birds in a market in Nicaragua

Repetition Proved To Be A Huge Influence

Repetitive imagery, a motif synonymous with Hunt’s work, brought to mind Andy Warhol. Hunt himself even mentioned this in an Interview magazine December 2011 interview, by Claire Stein. Slone said, “I was influenced by Warhol’s repetition of soup cans + Marilyn.” Adding, “But I’m more interested in doing it in the sense of prayer, with repetition… It’s really a form of worship.”

Repetition is quite evident in his attention to detail applied to most of his paintings with deep crosshatch marks made throughout.

I’m more interested in doing it in the sense of prayer, with repetition… It’s really a form of worship

These indentations, a signature of Hunt’s work, further the theory of repetition. They give the image a sense of movement. But in Guest’s BIRDS essay, ‘You’re In Wonderland’, regarding this repeat technique,

Slonem will usually paint them in profile, as did John James Audubon, + he often arranges them by species + in multiple images, but not so as to emphasize their sameness in the manner of most painters of multiples, but rather to bring out at once their abundant presence + their lively uniqueness.

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(‘TOCOS 1’, 2008 | ‘HERB’S CARDINALS’, 2014 )

Technique is Everything

Author Jacqueline Bograd Weld describes Hunt’s paintings as “literally a whirl of paint-a thick impasto that Hunt grids or swirls at will.” Then adds how “the birds + images appear + reappear in a purely visual space, an all-over style, in which there is no clear beginning or end or edge or corner.”

It reminded her of his stylistic roots in the recurring imagery of abstract expressionism + in Jackson Pollock’s gestural painting. You can find this inside the Foreword A Fond Sonore. This clearly sets the tone for every masterpiece he assumes to create. Slonem always proves to be successful upon applying that last stroke of paint + or that last line cutting through it.

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(‘RUFUS ROLLER’, 2013)

With over one hundred bird paintings, Birds by Hunt Slonem, © 2017, published by Glitterati Incorporated, is sure to make a delightful gift for anyone who loves birds, color, patterns, texture, + fashion. But if not for someone else, it’s sure to breathe new life into your own personal art book collection. It’s perfect for escaping into the far tropics enhanced by one artist’s vivid imagination + deep adoration for birds.

As with all of Glitterati Incorporated’s books, Birds by Hunt Slonem, © 2017, published by Glitterati Incorporated, is a ‘must cop’ + available for purchase here.

 

Gender Is Blurred With ØBLANC’s Utilitarian Vision For Fall

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Called the ‘Interchangeable Workwear for the Hybrid Worker’, designer Olivia Le Blanc’s AW 2017 collection not only breaks gender barriers but also repurposes utilitarian looks with futuristic appeal under her brand ØBLANC.

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Deconstructed to be worn multiple ways, by using various fasteners, bag straps + zippers, different pieces get to show some skin or distort one’s silhouette, by allowing the user to change the item’s fit every time. Let’s face it, who likes to be seen in the same thing twice, let alone pay more money to own more than one of the same? According to HUNGER magazine, this all ties into ‘ØBLANC’s focus on longevity + multi-purpose fashion, as well as paying homage to the functional + historic styles worn for work.’

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If you love really long sleeves, why not just attach longer ones to it with the help of straps, that can later be removed to avoid getting them dirty when you reach for your hot cocoa come Fall? But what would inspire New York’s own to create such beauty with items most dismiss as looking too much like a uniform? Simply, Le Blanc told HUNGER how “the functionality + durability of workwear combined with interchangeability + unconventional materials” inspired this collection. That said, Le Blanc’s sensitivity for the environment is made possible by using recycled materials + giving them that ‘little extra something special’ with her own spin to the final creation. In fact, Le Blanc told HUNGER how she’s been repurposing items dating back to her high school days. Le Blanc said, ” I think it is a great way to eliminate over production + influence DIY creativity for the masses,” adding, “I also think using unconventional materials such as inflatables +d rubber boots are an interesting trend in sustainability.”

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Of course, don’t think for one second that Le Blanc is on the gender fluidity bandwagon simply because it is popular + the direction of the future, but it’s part of the founding philosophy for ØBLANC. As she told HUNGER, “The philosophy for ØBLANC is creating iterations of hybrid gender through the clothes. There is a need in American fashion for reducing the divide of femininity + masculinity in fashion. There needs to be more boldness in this realm of style.”

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Overall, ØBLANC’s AW 2017 collection is not only interesting, unique + wearable but definitely one to keep watching for seasons to come.

 

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Naked In Times Square To Promote Body Positivity

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Your naked body by itself is sometimes weird upon observation, so imagine showing it to a bunch of strangers, for the sake of art?! Well, last Friday, I did just that. I participated in an art project that was both liberating and exhilarating!

If you were in the Times Square area that day, you might have seen my naked body. Thankfully, I was not alone. Along with more than 100 men + women, getting our bodies painted, as part of the free ‘BODY NOTES’ project aimed to promote body positivity. Considered ‘a powerful, positive visual feast’ by Cosmopolitan magazine, participants + on-lookers alike really enjoyed this event of using the naked body as a canvas to highlight different body types in bright colors. Much to my surprise + bewilderment, I found myself amongst their article photos, sporting my ‘resting bitch face’, as my friends often tease me, in all my blue naked glory.
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Inspired by the ‘Subway Therapy‘ art project comprised of post-its, creators Andy Golub, producer of NYC Bodypainting Day and Matthew Chavez, the street artist behind the subway project, thought it would be a great way for people to express themselves. And what better way than through their chosen words of affirmation and our bodies + that we did! But don’t you believe for a second, my decision to participate was an easy one to make.

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Building Up The Courage To Go Bare

Three weeks prior to the event, after seeing the ad with photos of past models, I became interested. I noticed the different statements across their torsos. And immediately, I thought,what I would write across mine?’. The only quote that popped into my head was by Nina Simone. I had seen a late Sixties interview of hers. When asked what freedom meant to her, she replied, “I’ll tell you what Freedom means to me. No fear.”

Freedom = No Fear

No other words could capture part of my journey, better than those when it came to body positivity. But my artist didn’t think they would all fit on my ‘body note’. So, I compromised and shortened it to read ‘FREEDOM = NO FEAR” as seen above.

After receiving my email confirming my pre-registration, I replied if a thong was going to be provided? They replied, “No – It’s full nude but you’ll be in good company.” Now, I struggled with the idea of not doing it as I had a problem with being fully naked.  But, I kept thinking, “I need to step out of my comfort zone.” And as Andy told New York Daily News, “Everyone feels that being naked is such a big thing but in reality that’s just who we are,” adding, “When you experience this, it quickly becomes no big deal,” + indeed it wasn’t, as seen here in one of the newspaper’s photos.

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(photo: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters|NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Getting My Body Ready For The ‘World’

After agreeing with myself that I was going to do this, I knew that my body needed a little boost. You see, I had not been consistent with exercising and wanted to look my best. For the next three weeks, I worked out harder just to look a little better naked for the ‘big reveal’. But let’s face it, not much was going to drastically change overnight.

I have a five foot by five-foot mirror in my living room. Every time I pass by it, I look at myself and my body. It doesn’t matter if I’m going to the kitchen or getting ready to go out.  I always sneak a peek, no matter what. So you can imagine my obsession during this time prior to my Times Square nakedness. Sometimes, I would even look into the mirror, with my back turned, bent forward, walking back to see how much cellulite was visible on the back of my thighs. Yeah, crazy, I know.

Having Latina Curves And High Fashion Taste

For me, the way my body looked was a major issue for most of my life. As a Dominican-American Latina, my weight was never an issue-the curvier the better. Growing up, having curves was something to celebrate especially in my family. I never saw a problem with how my body looked, no matter how big my hips, legs, cheeks or butt became.

Born and raised in New York City, one of the most fashionable cities in the world, my first glimpse of high fashion, ironically, was a variation of my first name – Yves. My love for high fashion was ignited by an early memory of a model in a Yves Saint Laurent pantsuit, sans blouse. I don’t remember if it was in a movie or from a magazine, but it changed my life. From that moment on, I was hooked. Of course, you never would’ve guessed that after seeing half of my childhood pics. I was a late, late bloomer, with braces, wait for it, ‘headgear’, and glasses to add to my mystique.

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But Where Did My Curves Fit In High Fashion?

As I grew older and got more into fashion, my ideas of beauty and how my body fit into all that, changed and unfortunately, became distorted. I still wanted the curves, but, with the thinness of the models, I saw everywhere, caused me to question a disconnect. The thing is when you have an hourglass figure, the way clothes hang on you is very different than how they hang on someone thin.

My body started changing. My weight fluctuated through the years marked by the strategically placed stretch marks that ravaged my body. But that didn’t come as a surprise. Stretch marks are sometimes given birth by sporadic weight gain and weight loss. To make peace with my stretch marks, I dedicated a poem to them. After that, I started calling them ‘my friends’, as they became a part of me, making my body their home.

And I tell you this when I was standing naked in Times Square, I didn’t care who was keeping count of how many I had or how dimpled my butt or thighs looked, especially when painted all blue, my color of choice. Wanting to channel Mystique from the X-Men, I chose blue for my body and yellow for my ‘body note’ square. The blue, however, turned out to be more Na’vi from Avatar, but, I still went for it. My paint job was complete and I was happy being blue. I was so in love with the blue and the experience, I rode the subway back home, still all blue, dressed in my clothes and navy shades (at least those matched).

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The Day To ‘Go Naked’ Arrives

That Friday, I methodically picked out an outfit that was easy to take off and put back on. I decided to wear Italian dance pants with a drawstring waist, a tee shirt, and flip-flops. I didn’t wear any makeup as I was going to be all blue in a few hours.

Once I arrived, in a body shaking with nerves,  I proceeded to check myself in. All checked in, I made my way to the painting supplies table. There, I picked up my blue and yellow paints, sponges, paintbrushes, and a towel to stand over.

I found a spot and laid down my towel. But as I looked around, I noticed something. Never have I’ve seen so many amateur photographers and phones held high at ten in the morning. That part was a bit unnerving. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me to do what I came to do!

“Paint Your Genitals First!”

I first pulled down my pants revealing my thong underwear (usually all I wear). Then the tee came off, followed by my bra and underwear. Starting with my arms, I began dabbing blue paint on my body. Then I hear this event organizer yell out to paint our genitals first. A volunteer body painter eventually made her way to help me completely transform. And I’ll never forget how sweet she was.  If I needed something from the ground, she made sure to get it for me. Since I was naked, I had no business to bend for anything.

Orange, blue and yellow naked people surrounded me and by this point, I was all blue. All of these people were smiling because they were giving their pride of who they were a ‘voice’. ‘Body Notes’ like ‘INTROVERTS ARE AWESOME’ sweetened the car exhaust-filled air. The traffic of cars stopped intermittently to catch a glimpse of all of our naked painted bodies. You couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the process of being part of something like this. As part of American society, we all struggle with loving ourselves. But, as it’s so true what RuPaul says at the end of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’,

“If you can’t love yourself how in the hell you gonna be able to love someone else?”

If you could get your naked body painted, what would you have chosen as your ‘Body Note’ + why? I’d love to know in the comments. Paint me curious!

WANTED: Birds Print Pajama Robe By OFF-WHITE

As a lover of birds, silk pajama robes + all things OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH, this piece is one to covet for life!

Besides the impressive colorful bird print in various sizes caught in mid-flight, against a black silk background, this long ‘OFF-WHITE Birds Print Pyjama Robe’ features the classic detail of contrast white piping throughout, a tie waist, a shawl collar + long sleeves. But it’s designer Virgil Abloh’s genius play of juxtapositions is what really makes this so good.

At first, what came to mind was the opulence of Japanese kimonos, often connected to luxury with a heavy price tag, like this one. But when stripped of its original silhouette + substituted for that of the relaxed yukata robe, its less expensive cousin, you have a winner. As usual, this is where Abloh’s genius use of juxtaposition hits high marks.

This robe sports an impressive assortment of colorful birds in various sizes caught in mid-flight, set against a black silk backdrop with contrasting white piping throughout, giving it that pajama feel. And if that weren’t enough, you have the word ‘WOMAN’ in all caps, embroidered across the top of the robe’s back. So what woman wouldn’t want to add this to her arsenal of fashion musts?!

For your very own ‘OFF-WHITE Birds Print Pyjama Robe’ head over to FARFETCH but quick, as they have very few left!

16 Hot Khaki Picks For Spring/Summer

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Khaki is a color that is both timeless + seasonless, but, for some reason or another, it tends to really jump out at you during the warmer months. Maybe it’s due in part, to the strong ties it shares with a wanderlust for roaming a boundless jungle or rainforest or maybe, swapping personas with that of a carefree nomad with a ‘zero f*ks’ mentality, that makes it a ‘go-to’ neutral for all genders.

Now if you’re afraid of resorting to a boring pair of khaki pants or even a khaki tee to be on trend, don’t worry, as I’ve picked a few key items below, courtesy of *Nordstrom, ranging from beauty to footwear.

What is particularly appealing about this Utility Miniskirt | SELF-PORTRAIT, is how the skirt looks like it was made from a deconstructed khaki trenchcoat, asymmetrical front buttons + the sweet hint of ruffled floral lace peeking in the front. With this piece, you also get to tap into this season’s lace trend.

1-An easy way to tap into a trending color is by just applying it to your nails, like No.204 Khaki | BURBERRY BEAUTY 2-If you have sinful plus-size curves, this Sexy Drape Midi Dress | CITY CHIC, is sure to turn up the heat 3-Floral embellishments can sometimes hurt a shoe’s look, but not in the case of the Lonicera Flower Sandal | JEFFREY CAMPBELL, involving textured khaki Suede flowers with a 4inch heel 4-A tan always looks best when capped off with the right hat like this khaki Safari Fedora | DORFMAN PACIFIC 5-Paint splatters are always fun especially when strategically placed on clothing as seen on these ‘Damiana’ Splatter Paint Stretch Woven Jogger Pants | PRPS, which play up the distressed ‘been in the art studio all day’ look brilliantly

6-This Boy Bowie Off the Shoulder Dress | ONE TEASPOON, shows off just enough leg to keep things interesting for brunch or that ‘first date’ you’ve been so looking forward to or dreading 7-Love this kilt silhouette adapted to this Tulle Skirt | JUNYA WATANABE, with a trio of belted canvas tabs accenting the waist, to give you that street style cred  8-Sometimes, all you need is just a hint of khaki like this Bold Sport Silicone Strap Watch, 43mm | MOVADO, with its black/khaki colorway, to make the right impact 9-In this flirty Crochet Cold Shoulder Top | CITY CHIC, plus size chicks are sure to gain more admirers 10-Tombre Slip-on| LACOSTE can easily become the best shoe for men to just chill, in breezy perforated suede

11-Cortez ’72 Sneaker | Nike, is one of this giant sneaker brand’s most comfortable shoe ever worn by yours truly + when you throw in its distinctively textured leather with this Summery pale gray, khaki + white colorway, you can’t miss 12-You’ll be a total rock star sporting these ‘Super Lunar – Arrowed by Karen’ 52mm Sunglasses | KAREN WALKER, with inset goldtone arrows wrapping your temples 13-Nothing screams comfort when it’s hot out like this mesh Fling 2 Sandal | JEFFREY CAMPBELL, sporting a loafer-inspired notched topline + an 1 ½ inch wedge platform 14-White sneakers might be all the rage but this Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Essential Sneaker | NIKE, with its pale gray, white + khaki colorway, have enough white on them to ‘up’ your game just enough while still staying true to your love for khaki 15-Give your look just enough edge with this Dark Khaki ‘Mini Kalifornia’ Leather Satchel | KENZO, with its signature hardware details + Kenzo’s killer logo

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Check Out Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust For Life’ Video Ft. The Weeknd

With Lana Del Rey, you’re always promised moody, sweet + sultry vocals as heard here in her new music video for ‘Lust For Life’ featuring The Weeknd. ‘Lust For Life’, the title track of her new album, with no release date in sight yet, beautifully envelopes the listener in a soft whispered kiss of lyrics, sung by both Del Rey + The Weeknd.

Opening with Del Rey singing on set, the camera follows her heels with lace ruffled ankle socks, to the top of the “H” of the Hollywood sign, which is a literal take on her opening lyrics:

Climb up the H of the Hollywood sign, yeah
In these stolen moments
The world is mine (doo wop, doo wop)
There’s nobody here, just us together (shadoop, shadoop)
Keepin’ me hot like July forever

Here, Del Rey meets up with The Weeknd who serenades her with his sweet + sexy voice which compliments hers so well during their chorus. They slowly dance into the end, where she slides off the Hollywood “D”, landing in a floral field right next to him.

Here’s to crossing my fingers the remixes are that much better!

Enjoy!

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Top Ten Bird Picks To Fly Into Spring In Style

There’s no surprise I love birds, but these items here prove I’m not alone + in great company. Nothing screams Spring + Summer like the imagery of birds in an array of iterations from realistic prints, to illustrations + quirky motifs. Sure, feathers always make for a grand + dramatic statement, but they never come with a guarantee you won’t be leaving most of them behind after one wear. So for those of you not knowing where to begin in finding what bird or birds to wear, here are my top ten picks to help you fly into the warmer months ahead in style! (If none of these are to your liking, at least they’ll give you an idea of how to incorporate our feathery friends into your already fabulously stylish life.)

1-ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Flying Bird Print T-Shirt | farfetch: is dramatic in all black with the white silhouette of birds in flight. 2-AU JOUR LE JOUR Bird Print Dress | farfetch: is adorable with its light turquoise background covered in a whimsical bird illustration. 3-ATELIER 2.2 SWIMWEAR Birds Of Paradise | tictail: is a triangle bikini with a realistic print of bold colored birds in their surroundings. 4-PHILIPPE MODEL Bird Print Sneakers | farfetch: highlights hummingbirds with glitter + pastel pink, with a red center sole accent, on a classic running style sneaker for chicks. 5-THE CASE FACTORY Lizard Effect iPhone 7 Case | NET-A-PORTER: with its print of birds + lush leaves will make people take notice every time you’re on your phone.

 

6-J.W.ANDERSON Hammered Gold-Plated Earring | NET-A-PORTER: adds drama to any look from his SS/17 collection. 7-ASOS Loafers With All Over Burgundy Bird Print: will add interest to any outfit with beautiful Japanese influenced design of cranes + florals. 8-N°21 Knotted Satin Clutch W/Bird Appliqué | LUISAVIAROMA: the knot detail on this golden satin clutch with silver bird appliqué is sure to work its magic for every occasion. 9-MARA HOFFMAN Bird Print Triangle Bikini | asos: another triangle bikini to turn heads but this time in bright light blue covered in contrasting colored bird illustrations. 10-PHILIPPE MODEL Toucan Bird Print Sneakers | farfetch: with blue accents, here are another pair of MODEL kicks, but this time with toucans on a camouflage all-over print of this classic running style shoe.